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Advancing Competency-Based Medical Education

Dr. Carol CarraccioCarol Carraccio, MD, MA, is a giant in the world of competency-based medical education (CBME), which focuses on assessing the readiness of trainees to advance to practice or fellowship.

Dr. Carraccio, former Vice President for CBME at the ABP, retired in June after nine years at the ABP and more than 30 years in pediatric education.

PVM Fellow Turns Problems into Projects

Quality improvement (QI) has made an optimist of Ulfat Shaikh, MD, MPH, MS.

“It makes you a problem solver,” she says, “instead of someone who gets disheartened by every little problem that comes your way.”

Cardiology Patient Becomes Pediatric Cardiology Fellow

Dr. Glenn celebrates on a 14-mile hike with a 2,600-foot elevation change in Glacier National Park in Montana. “Hiking reminds me that anything really is possible,” he saysWhen Thomas Glenn was born in 1990 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), his parents were given two choices — make him comfortable until he died or have the first of three open-heart surgeries. However, the physicians warned, the few infants who had survived surgery for HLHS had not lived long enough to go home.

Meeting Online to Stay on Time

The Adolescent Subboard meets virtually with ABP staff

Photo: The Adolescent Subboard meets virtually with ABP staff.

Throughout a typical year, hundreds of board-certified pediatricians leave their hospitals and private practices to travel to the ABP office in Chapel Hill, NC, to participate as volunteers in multi-day board, subboard, and committee meetings. There they write examination questions, determine scoring standards, and conduct other business of the ABP.

ABP Provides Workforce Data for Collaborative Project with the AAP

Data collected by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) about the pediatric workforce provide the backbone for a new series of fact sheets developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The 50 fact sheets — one for each state— illustrate the impact of pediatric subspecialty shortages on children’s access to health care. 

ABP Names Dr. Keila N. Lopez 2021 Paul V. Miles Fellow

Dr. Keila Lopez

During her pediatric residency at the University of Chicago, Keila N. Lopez knew she wanted to develop clinical expertise in one area: she fell in love with pediatric cardiology. She was all set to become a cardiology fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital, but a feeling kept nagging at her — she wanted to help more than one patient at a time.

Seven National Primary Care Organizations Launch Joint Vision

Seven of the nation’s largest primary care physician organizations released recommendations Dec. 22 on the urgent need to change the way primary care is delivered and financed. The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the Society of General Internal Medicine represent more than 400,000 physicians and have created a unified vision to change the conversation and modernize primary care as we know it.

HHS Grant to Fund Learning Network for Sickle Cell Disease

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) applauds the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $1 million to the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the Anderson Center at Cincinnati Children’s to support the development of a Learning Health Network focused on Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). The funding is for 2021 and is renewable in 2022.

Additional Flexibility Added to PHM Practice Pathway

Due to challenges faced by many pediatricians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has added flexibility to the practice pathway for board certification in Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM).

The “look-back window” — the period of time prior to the examination when a hospitalist must have practiced a minimum number of hours — has been expanded from four to five years in an effort to help pediatricians meet the number of hours required to be eligible to take the exam.